Tuesday, May 6, 2014
I can’t believe that I’m actually sitting here writing my last blog for Liberty. On Saturday, I will walk across the stage and finally graduate. So as my farewell blog I though I would give my top 10 pieces of advice to incoming freshman.
1. Put your relationship with Christ above all others. At Liberty it can be so easy to go with the flow of going to convocation, prayer groups, bible class & campus church. If you don’t have a personal relationship with Christ outside of all of that amazing stuff Liberty offers, you will be setting yourself up for failure. If you learn to cultivate one discipline during your 4 years at Liberty make sure it’s a personal quiet time with our savior. Everything else will just fall into place after this foundation is made.
2. College will fly by, so enjoy every moment. It seems like just yesterday I was sitting in my freshmen seminar class overwhelmed by so many changes and the new environment. Now I’m sitting here thinking of how much I wish I could just start over and do it all again. Well, not necessarily the school work but definitely the fun moments with friends. I would even do over the tough moments because it’s made me the person I am today. Don’t be looking for the future, but live in the present and live with no regrets.
3. Don’t date the first person you meet the first week of freshman year. Trust me on this one guys, so many of my friends jumped into relationships too quickly. At Liberty, dating and relationships are strongly encouraged but make sure you take time to get to know the person as a friend and brother/sister in Christ first. You’ll hear about the ‘ring by spring’ phenomenon soon enough but don’t feel pressured by it! And guys, LU crushes is just lame go up to a girl and ask her out!
4. Don’t stay up late. Freshman year we stayed up way too late and did not get enough sleep. This piece of advice should be something you try to stick to all four years. If you get enough sleep you’ll not only be a much nicer person to everyone around you but your GPA will also appreciate it!
5. Anytime you say you’re bored freshman year, go have an adventure. If there’s one thing I would change about freshman year it would be that too many times we would sit around the dorm and say there’s nothing to do. By the time you get to your senior year you would kill to have those boring times back to fill with everything you don’t have time to do anymore.
6. Don’t cut your hair into a bob. Lets just not and say we did. We all know my hair was on the struggle bus sophomore year. Just don’t do it.
7. Enjoy every break at home with your family. I have been so fortunate to spend so many of my breaks at home in Sweden during my time at Liberty. Now that I am moving into a full-time job at Liberty, I will not longer get those times back. Tell your family you love them every time you talk to them and never cease to thank them for supporting you. I could not have made if through my four years at Liberty without the unconditional love and support of my incredible parents.
8. Pizza at midnight is always a good idea. Let’s be honest, it’s probably not the wisest health decision but we’re only young once. That being said, make sure you are eating well-balanced meals the rest of the time. I can speak from much experience that on the weeks when I really get my veggies in and workout I have so much more energy. Liberty has really done a great job in my four years here of improving the healthy options and rumor has it the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall is getting a huge makeover in the fall!
9. It’s ok to not know what you want to do with the rest of your life. When I came in as a freshman I was an international business major, then I switched to psychology but now I’m going to be working in marketing. The great thing is that you don’t have to have everything planned out. It will all fall into place, just make sure you are pursuing something that you enjoy! The best part about it all is that God knows what is going to happen and his plan is perfect.
10. The people you surround yourself with can make or break your college experience. I cannot begin to explain how the friendships I have made in college have helped to mold me into the person I am today. I am so thankful that I met so many of my best friends here at Liberty. I have been challenged by them, loved by them, encouraged by them and cried with them. I’ve also made some of the craziest memories with them. I can honestly say that college was amazing because of their friendships and saying ‘see you later’ is going to be one of the hardest things of my life.
I can’t thank you all enough for reading my blog over the past three years. I have been blessed by your encouragement and honored to represent Liberty University and my experience here. I’m excited for my next chapter in life but I will dearly miss this one.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
As you've probably noticed after three years, I love pictures! Although I really enjoy writing, sometimes I just prefer to show you all about my life here at Liberty. It's so crazy that in almost two weeks I will be putting on my cap and gown and graduating from college! Look out for a blog coming with all my top tips for surviving college! Enjoy the photos below of what all spring has entailed for me.
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Friday, April 4, 2014
There has been a lot of buzz about the Son of God movie and guess what Liberty did for the students? They bought out the entire River Ridge Movie Theater for students to see the midnight premiere of the Son of God movie. In the week before the premiere Liberty was handing out tickets to students and some of my friends and I were fortunate enough to score some tickets!
The movie was so well done and it was very touching to see a movie about Jesus’ life make it on the big screen. A few weeks before the premiere, Liberty students had the chance to hear from producers, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey in convocation. They spoke to students about how they integrate their faith into producing movies and television shows. They encouraged us to go out and see the movie but little did we know, Liberty was going to provide us the opportunity to see it anyways!
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Friday, February 21, 2014
By the last semester of your senior year, you would think that there wouldn’t be many new experiences left. However, this semester I have been pleasantly surprised with how many things I have been able to experience for the first time! In my first semesters at Liberty there were so many events happening on campus that I never took the time to venture into Lynchburg and surrounding cities to experience all that they have to offer.
A few weekends back my friend invited a bunch of people over to his brother’s farm in Lynchburg. I was so excited because if you haven’t already noticed, I’m not exactly a country farm girl. The two firsts that I got to experience there were, I shot my first gun and I rode a real donkey!! I was really excited to learn to shoot a gun from friends who are very big into gun safety and I felt very comfortable and not afraid at all. I think I was more afraid to get on the donkey than to shoot a gun! I was pretty proud of myself though because people who have been shooting guns their whole life said I did really well for my first time ever shooting (see photo below). The donkey was pretty stubborn and didn’t like to walk very far but it was still really fun!
The next new experience I got to have was to go to the professional rough stock series in Roanoke! I had absolutely no idea what to expect but I had a blast. They had Bareback Riding, Bull Riding and Saddle Bronc Riding. I think my favorite was actually the Bull Riding because afterwards the Bulls went crazy chasing the clowns around! I was definitely on edge watching though and held my breath every time a cowboy would be thrown off. I think I’ll stick to riding donkeys!
The last thing I got to do was go to the open skate at LaHaye Ice Center. This was so much fun since I love ice skating (see my very first blog!). This was the first time I got to try hockey skates and at first I almost fell flat on my face but after a little while I got the hang of it and had fun!
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
It seems like just yesterday I was writing about my first day of senior year and I blinked and week two of classes is coming to an end. So, I’ve officially had my last first day of classes and in some ways I’m excited but in a lot of ways I’m sad. I’m sad to be done with the first week of classes because that’s the best week of the semester. Everything is new and exciting and you feel like you can conquer the semester and get straight A’s. Then as the next weeks progress you begin to realize the amount of work you will actually have to put in to get those grades you want. It’s a daunting task but at the end of the semester when you see your hard work pay off, it’s all worth it.
Christmas break was really nice to just get away and read books that I chose myself. I managed to read 4 non-school related books over the break and it was such a nice treat to relax and read. I had lots of fun with my family too! We did all of our Christmas traditions as a family and had lots of time together. It was definitely a reality check that this was most likely my last big chunk of time being home in Sweden but I’m definitely excited for what kind of job the future holds for me.
It’s so fun being back and a big part of that is getting to attend sporting and campus events again. The first weekend back we had a big basketball game against High Point University and it was a whiteout! I’ve never seen so many people attend a basketball game. In the last 2 minutes, Liberty was only trailing by 2 points but we just couldn’t catch up and win.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
This semester (as I have already said) has been filled with many “lasts.” Since Liberty does Christmas BIG I have had quite a few “lasts” in the past few weeks. So I decided to combine them all into one blog big of all the different things I’ve experienced the past few weeks.
1. Thanksgiving Break. When people think about Thanksgiving they think, being with the family all bundled up in cold weather. Well this year I didn’t get any of that because I used my frequent flyer miles to go visit my best friend in Southern California. So my Thanksgiving was filled with sunshine and celebrating the holiday with new and old friends
2. Tree Lighting. A new tradition at Liberty that started since I came here is the tree lighting ceremony in front of DeMoss Hall. Becki Falwell (President Falwell’s wife) loves Christmas so this was her little project to make Liberty seem more like home for the Holidays. There was a huge crowd who came out and it was fun to take time away from school to enjoy this fun activity.
4. Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. What’s the Christmas season without ugly sweaters! This semester quite a lot of my friends are graduating so we had a fun Christmas party the night before reading day. Who doesn’t love good food and good fellowship before finals kick in.
3. Christmas Convocation. This is probably one of the hardest events to describe through writing. Christmas Convocation is filled with singing Christmas songs and making fun of all the silly things Liberty students do (and also the faculty). Campus band always has a funny video and students are always laughing hysterically. So if you want to know what this is all about, I guess you’ll just have to become a Liberty student (a.k.a the most awesome students).
4. Christmas Coffeehouse. This year I was one of the unfortunate students who completely forgot to get a ticket and the event sold out 3 days beforehand. So I shamelessly put up on a “free and for sale” Facebook page that I was looking for a ticket. Within an hour I had a student comment saying he had a ticket. I then messaged him asking how much he wanted for the $3 ticket thinking he was going to say $10+. He then responded…FREE because he wanted to spread Christmas cheer to students like myself who were not so smart. So thank you William Nott for blessing me this Christmas season!! Oh and check out this Hilarious video from Coffeehouse!
5. Fall Semester Finals. Now this is probably my favorite last, why you ask? Because that means I only have one more semester and one more finals week left in my college career. This was probably my hardest finals week because it meant the difference in a letter grade in most of my classes.
Overall this semester has had its ups and downs. I’ve had moments where I’ve been extremely happy and then there have been moments of just wanting to be done with school. I am so thankful though to be at a place where no matter what my circumstances, I am pointed to Christ and I’m always growing in every season. I hope you all have an amazing Christmas and you get to celebrate the true meaning for the season. I’ll be back in January for my LAST semester at Liberty, so incredibly bittersweet.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013
One of the most important questions to ask when going to college is: How am I going to pay for this? The majority of college students nowadays are taking out student loans which means that when we graduate we have to begin to pay it off. As I’ve mentioned before, I was originally planning on going to a big state school before God changed my plans and brought me to Liberty. When I received my financial aid package from Liberty, it was close to $10,000 cheaper/year for me to attend Liberty. However I will be honest, I do have some student loans I will need to pay off when I graduate. So I’m sure you’re think, Lizzy this is boring, why are you telling us this?! Well keep reading to find out…
As my last semester is approaching and I’m going to begin to pay off my student loans (as quickly as possible!) I wanted to get some help with how to do that. The answer was put right in front of me in last week. Liberty offers a free course called Financial Literacy based off of The Lampo Group (founded by Dave Ramsey). This course will teach all about how to live within one's means, budgeting, and working to achieve financial stability. Not many other schools would be this invested in student’s futures to offer this kind of a course but I am so thankful that Liberty cares!
Two of the best convocations I've heard occurred in the past week and that was with Dave Ramsey and then his daughter Rachel Cruze. They both gave such great talks about money and Rachel gave such practical advice to students about managing their finances. If I could leave one thing with you that she told us that is to search for scholarships!! Yes it takes time but it will save you so much money if you are awarded one! Check out the videos below for their convocation talks!
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
This past weekend was one of the best and busiest weekends I’ve had in a long time (very different from last weekend)! A bunch of my friends who graduated in May were back for their first homecoming since graduation. Since it was only for the weekend, we tried to pack way too much into two days. For any alumni out there, here’s a quick recap of just a few things you could be a part of next year!
We started Friday off by heading to convocation where we got to hear from Liberty’s new softball coach, Dot Richardson. Talk about one outstanding woman who loves the Lord and has been given so many talents.
That evening we headed to the Liberty vs. Davenport Hockey game with a group of our friends. That was definitely one of the most intense games I’ve seen at Liberty and we all had a fun time catching up on life (usually what girls do at sporting events, lets be honest). After the game we stopped by for the end of the homecoming bonfire and drank hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows. We headed to bed early that night because we had a early morning ahead of us!
Remember a few weeks back when I said that as long as I was healthy I would be running in the Deep Hollow 5k. Well, I was healthy so therefore I ran! A group of 11 of us girls decided to run this together and we had a blast. It was straight up hill the first 1.5 mile and then straight downhill the second half. My official time was 35:39 and I was extremely happy with that time since it was my very first 5k race! Not sure if I’ll ever run a trail race again but I’m definitely going to keep training because I have a new found passion for running!
We all quickly went home and got ready for the big rivalry football game against Coastal Carolina. Last season, several of my friends and I would go to the game about 2 hours early to get good seats and we continued the tradition this year. It was great to be right up with the action again. Unfortunately we lost the game in double overtime but we had a great time being together cheering on the Flames!
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Thursday, October 24, 2013
The Lazy Weekend…
Every once and a while God will bless (yes I said bless) us with a rainy weekend. Now to some this might sound like the worst thing possible but for me it meant, CHILL weekend. I’m not very good at taking it easy because I never want to miss out on the hustle and bustle of college life.
So here’e your play-by-play of my super exciting (not) weekend. On Friday night I went to the hockey game with friends, which was a blast. Even though we didn’t win it was great to be back in the hockey atmosphere! Afterwards we headed over to the Jacuzzi’s at the aquatic center to relax and then I went to bed early (very much needed long night of sleep). On Saturday I got a good workout in and then treated myself to a much needed relaxing pedicure. On Sunday I went to church, came back and took a 3-hour nap, I wasn’t lying when I said I had a lazy weekend. So there’s a snapshot of a very low-key but oh so enjoyable weekend here at Liberty!
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Throughout the 3+ years I’ve spent at Liberty, we’ve had some big name speakers in Convocation. We’ve had huge names like Donald Trump, Tim Tebow, Kirk & Candace Cameron, John Piper, Mike Huckabee and the list goes on. This past week Liberty added to the list of incredible speakers by bringing in Duck Dynasty star, Willie Robertson. The line outside of the Vines center at 9am (1 hour before Convo even started) was so long!
This past summer my family watched all of the seasons of Duck Dynasty and I’ve never seen my dad laugh this hard in his entire life. I love that this family has created one of the leading reality shows, simply by sharing about their love for Jesus, their family and duck calls.
Willie had one of the best Convocation messages I’ve heard because of how real he was with students. The Robertson family is not ashamed of sharing their story and where they came from. It’s amazing to see a family stick to their values even when they became very famous. I only wish Willie would have brought Uncle Si with him to Liberty!
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